U.S. National Academy of Medicine

Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

Join our global movement to extend the human healthspan by accelerating research, innovation, and entrepreneurism in healthy longevity.
Up to $500,000 in funding; $5 million grand prize

Challenge Overview

*To see if you are eligible to apply based on your country of residence, see the map here. 

By 2030, for the first time in recorded history, the old will begin to outnumber the young. This demographic shift poses significant social, economic, and health challenges, but also presents an unprecedented opportunity for accelerating research, innovation, and entrepreneurism in the field of healthy longevity – thereby building more vibrant societies and economies worldwide.

Healthy longevity means maintaining physical, mental, and social health and well-being as we live longer. By extending the healthspan, people can stay active in their families and communities, remain in the workforce and contribute to the economy, and enjoy fulfilling and productive lives well into their later years.

The Healthy Longevity Global Competition will kickstart innovation to support healthy longevity through a series of monetary awards and prizes. In the tradition of international races to fly across the Atlantic or walk on the moon, the competition will rally the world’s greatest minds to achieve what may at first seem an impossible goal.

We challenge you to extend the human healthspan.

The Healthy Longevity Global Competition is open to innovators from any background and is available in over 40 countries and territories worldwide through a network of Global Collaborator organizations (See map at the bottom of page here to see if your country is participating). Competitors may submit ideas related to basic science, medical treatments, commercial products, technologies, social sciences, architectural and community design, or any other field – as long as they are innovative, impactful, and capable of extending health and function later in the lifespan.


The Healthy Longevity Global Competition was founded by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM). The competition will unfold in parallel with the NAM’s Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity, an international commission that will assess available evidence and recommend strategies for global societies to maintain the health and productivity of aging populations.

Commitment to Share Knowledge

The Healthy Longevity Global Competition aims to stimulate an entire field by not only rewarding innovative ideas but also sharing those ideas with the world. Summaries of all winning ideas will be available on this website starting in Summer 2020. Beginning in Summer 2021, Catalyst Award winners will gather at annual public Innovator Summits, where they can share their work with policy makers, researchers, potential investors, and fellow innovators from around the world.


Challenge Timeline

Nov. 19, 2019, midnight PST
Applications Open January 2020
Nov. 19, 2019, 12:43 p.m. PST
Date Launched
Jan. 1, 2020, midnight PST
The Catalyst Awards will reward bold, innovative ideas that could extend the human health span through disease prevention, mobility, functionality, social connectedness, longevity, and more. Approximately 450 awards worth $50,000 USD each will be given out over 3 years. The first cycle of the Catalyst phase begins in January 2020, with two subsequent rounds of awards in 2021 and 2022.
Feb. 3, 2020, midnight PST
Catalyst Phase - Check the map at https://healthylongevitychallenge.org/apply/ to find when your countries applications deadline is. Deadlines vary by country.
March 31, 2020, 6:43 a.m. PDT
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Jan. 1, 2021, midnight PST
Accelerator Phase - Accelerator Awards will provide awards worth $500,000 USD or more to meritorious awardees who have demonstrated significant progress and achieved proof of concept. Although Accelerator Awards are open to anyone, winners of Catalyst Awards will be well positioned for Accelerator funding.

The Accelerator phase is expected to begin in 2021.
July 1, 2023, midnight PDT
Grand Prize Phase - The Grand Prize will serve as the capstone of the competition by rewarding the achievement of a bold and transformative innovation. One or more grand prize(s) of up to $5 million USD will be awarded for achievement of a breakthrough innovation that extends the human health span. Although the Grand Prize is open to anyone, winners of Accelerator Awards will be well positioned for the prize.

The Grand Prize phase is expected to begin in 2023.
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